The Sokoto State Government is to build a N2.5 billion dairy and meat production farm in conjunction with an Argentinean firm, an official said on Wednesday.
The Commissioner for Information in the state, Malam Danladi Bako, announced the plan to newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting in Sokoto.
He said that the project, to be located in Rabah, headquarters of Rabah Local Government Area, would be completed in four months.
Bako said the company would include a large-scale mechanized farm, aimed at providing employment for the youth.
He said that the government would provide 60 per cent of the funds, while the firm would contribute 40 per cent.
“The state government has released one billion naira as part of its counterpart contribution to the project,” he said.
Bako explained that some components for the project had been delivered in Sokoto.
“The site acquired for the factory will soon be cleared.
“When the project is completed, the state will have enough food for local consumption and for export.
“It will also boost the state economy and serve the need of the people and encourage mechanised agriculture.
“This will subsequently lead to the exportation of milk and meat to neighboring countries,” the commissioner said.